November 2016

Followed by a month of festivities, November celebrated Children’s day and Kartik Purnima more popularly known as Dev Deepavali. Both the events were on the same day; 14th of November. Children’s day in India is celebrated every year on the 14th of November. The day is celebrated in memory of Chacha Nehru or Jawahar Lal Nehru’s birthday, who was an eminent leader in the history of India. Chacha Nehru as the children fondly referred to him, was fond of both children and roses. In fact he often compared the two, saying that children were like the buds in a garden. They should be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they were the future of the nation and the citizens of tomorrow. He felt that children are the real strength of a country and the very foundation of society. He was the ‘beloved’ of all the children who gave him the endearing name of ‘Chacha Nehru’. The school organised drawing and arts and crafts day for the junior children. Essay writing sessions were carried out for older children. Since the school remained closed on the 14th of november because of Kartik Purnima, the school celebrated it on 12th of November on a saturday.

The Dev Deepavali or we may call it “the Diwali of the Gods” is the festival of Kartik Poornima celebrated in Benaras. It falls on the full moon of the Hindu month of Kartika (November - December) and takes place fifteen days after Diwali. The steps of all the ghats on the riverfront of the Ganges, from Ravidas Ghat to Rajghat, are lit with more than a million earthen diyas in honour of the Ganges, and its presiding goddess. The gods are believed to descend to Earth to bathe in the Ganges on this day.The main rituals performed by devotees consist of kartik snan which is taking a holy bath in the Ganges on this day and deepdan; offering of oil lighted lamps to Ganga in the evening. The school remained closed on this day.

Regular classes are being conducted in the school and teachers are following the curriculum which has been set in order to complete the course in the given time. Teachers are busy with preparing half yearly results which will be announced on 25th November. Leon, a new volunteer from Germany has been taking english classes. The students are very happy and involved with the way he has been conducting his classes.

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